Archive for African Americans

Images of the Past

Posted in Culture and History, Jobs, Employment, & Work with tags , , , on July 17, 2009 by Kent

Photographed in November 1942, here’s a dishwasher who worked in a D.C. waterfront restaurant.dishwasher who works in a waterfront restaurant

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This Date in History

Posted in July, Sports with tags , on July 10, 2009 by Kent

July 10, 1949: The Homestead Grays continued their winning ways by taking a double-header from the Raleigh Tigers, 8-5 and 4-3, at Griffith Stadium. The contests opened the second half schedule of the Negro American Association. The Grays won the first half.Homestead Grays

The Battle to Desegregate the DC Transit System Part II

Posted in People, Street Cars with tags , , , on July 1, 2009 by Kent

This is the second part of a three part series documenting the importance of the Washington street cars in the battle of desegregation. If you missed part I, you can see it here. I was created by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689.

Description: The 15 year battle to integrate the Capital Transit Company (predecessor of the Washington Metro system) succeeds in 1955. Contains photos of the first African American streetcar and bus operators.

The Battle to Desegregate the DC Transit System Part I

Posted in People, Street Cars with tags , , , on June 24, 2009 by Kent

This is the first part of a three part series documenting the importance of the Washington street cars in the battle of desegregation. I found it interesting and important story worth sharing. I think its great that the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 has chosen to share these.

Description: Washington, DC African Americans fight discrimination on streetcars. 1st part ends with “Streetcar War” of 1919. The companies that ran these streetcars were the predecessor companies of the Washington, DC Metro rail and bus system.

Washington Roadwork, ca. 1920

Posted in City Services, Jobs, Employment, & Work with tags , , , on June 18, 2009 by Kent

With all the roadwork scheduled to begin this summer, its nice to see how far we’ve come.
Washington Road paving 1920s